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Samstag 30. Januar 2010 von htm

www.alkoholpolitik.ch Newsletter January 2010 (issued 01/30/10)
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Introduction for mailed Newsletter:

Dear reader, dear friends,
The new year has begun with three good news of which I gladly inform you:

The WHO Executive Board 126th Session adopted resolution EB126.R11 where it recommends the World Health Assembly in May to endorse a sligthly amended draft global strategy on harmful use of alcohol.. The draft was prepared on the basis of available evidence and the outcomes of consultations with Member States and stakeholders, and in collaboration with Member States, as requested in resolution WHA61.4. Let’s hope the World Health Assembly will accept it without negative amendments. And that the member states will implement it to the benefit of their people.

Two most important studies have the potential to influence alcohol prevention in the near future, provided that they find the necessary attention.

Researchers who studied 22,000 men over more than two decades have concluded that drinking alcohol is not associated with either the odds of having a stroke or the severity of stroke symptoms, even moderate drinking had no impact.

Parents who try to teach responsible drinking by letting their teenagers have alcohol at home may be well intentioned, but they may also be wrong, according to a new study of 428 Dutch families. Researchers found that the more teenagers were allowed to drink at home, the more they drank outside of home as well. What’s more, teens who drank under their parents’ watch or on their own had an elevated risk of developing alcohol-related problems after two years.

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TOP NEWS

Teens Who Drink With Parents May Still Develop Alcohol Problems 29. Januar 2010

Parents who try to teach responsible drinking by letting their teenagers have alcohol at home may be well intentioned, but they may also be wrong, according to a new study in the latest issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. In a study of 428 Dutch families, researchers found that the more teenagers were allowed to drink at home, the more they drank outside of home as well. What’s more, teens who drank under their parents’ watch or on their own had an elevated risk of developing alcohol-related problems. (Source: Medical News Today,  1/28/10)  Comment: A very important study.

WHO: Strategies to reduce the harmful use of alcohol 26. Januar 2010

WHO Executive Board 126th Session in January 2010 adopted resolution EB126.R11 were it recommends the World Health Assembly to endorse a sligthly amended draft global strategy on harmful use of alcohol. Strategies to reduce the harmful use of alcohol was agenda item 4.10 on the Executive Board. The draft global strategy to reduce harmful use of alcohol was submitted for consideration. The draft was prepared on the basis of available evidence and the outcomes of consultations with Member States and stakeholders, and in collaboration with Member States, as requested in resolution WHA61.4. (Source: WHO.int, 1/25/10) Resolution

Study Concludes Drinking Does Not Protect Against Stroke 11. Januar 2010

Researchers who studied 22,000 men over more than two decades have concluded that drinking alcohol is not associated with either the odds of having a stroke or the severity of stroke symptoms, Reuters reported Jan. 5. Previous, smaller studies have suggested that moderate drinking may protect against stroke, but researcher Tobias Kurth and colleagues found that the association is weak and grows even weaker over time. The study found that very light drinkers — those who consumed just one alcoholic drink weekly — were slightly less likely to suffer strokes, but moderate drinking had no impact. (Source: Join Together, 1/08/10) Comment: Let’s hope again, that the international press picks it up.

GLOBAL

W. H. FOSTER SUCCEEDS CALIFANO AS PRESIDENT AND CEO OF CASA 28. Januar 2010

CALIFANO CONTINUES AS CHAIRMAN. – The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University announced today that William H. Foster, PhD, Dean of Maine’s Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service, will become President and Chief Executive Officer of CASA on February 28, 2010, succeeding Joseph A. Califano, Jr., the former U.S. Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare who founded CASA in 1992. Califano will continue to serve as CASA chairman. Foster returns to the University and CASA where he previously served for ten years as senior vice-president and chief operating officer. Source: CASA press release, 1/27/10)

Banning Alcoholic Energy Drinks One State at a Time 28. Januar 2010

The battle to remove alcoholic energy drinks from all store shelves has found a new ally in The Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB), which has submitted a request to the legislature in that state to ban “pre-mixed, energy-enhanced malt beverages,” also known as alcoholic energy drinks. The Washington state legislature will take up House Bill 2804 during its 2010 regular session. The bill’s language is straightforward, and defined in the WSLCB’s press release. (Source: Marin Institute, 1/27/10)

Help for Haiti Should Not be Branded 28. Januar 2010

The recent earthquake in Haiti and its aftermath is by any measure a massive humanitarian disaster. The good news is that people all over the globe are doing whatever they possibly can to help–donating money, clothing, food, water, and their expertise. But most of these generous people are not putting out press releases about their good deeds. Nor are they branding their donated goods with their personal monikers. Why then, is Anheuser-Busch InBev sending out a press release about the 350,000 cans of water the company sent from its nearby plant in Santo Domingo? And why does the beer behemoth need to brand the cans of this much-needed water with its corporate logo? (Source: Marin Institute, 1/26/10)

European Alcohol and Health Forum Fifth plenary meeting 27. Januar 2010

Brussels, 12 November 2009, 23 December 2009, Documents available. Latest updates.

WHO-Director-General Margaret Chan, opening speech at the EB 27. Januar 2010

“Progress in public health during the previous decade and major challenges ahead”

… We have to take action.

This is true for the harmful use of alcohol. The report documents a wide and alarming range of harms, and also gives you a range of policy options and intervention measures, including at the regulatory level. With the industrialization of food production and the globalization of its marketing, efforts to ensure food safety likewise take on an international dimension…. Full text of speech, WHO, 1/18/10

U.K.: Outlaw Drink Specials, Games to Curb Alcohol Problems 26. Januar 2010

Drinking games that encourage overconsumption — as well as all-you-can-drink specials and ladies’ nights — could soon be things of the past in the U.K. The British government plans to issue a ban on promotions that encourage heavy drinking later this year. As of April, games like the “dentist’s chair” — where patrons have liquor poured down their throats — will be prohibited in pubs, and mandatory ID checks will come into force in October. Pub owners who violate the laws could face heavy fines or prison time. (Source: Join Together, 1/22/10)

Summary of hearing of John Dalli – Health and consumer policy 25. Januar 2010

“The underlying theme of my work will be Patients First, Consumers First”, John Dalli, Commissioner-designate for Health and consumer policy told MEPs during his hearing. He said his vision would be that “European Citizens live a longer and healthier life” and that he wanted “well-informed consumers who can take educated decisions on the goods and services they consume”. Furthermore, a focus on prevention would be necessary to secure sustainability in the health sector. (Source: Press release European Parliament, 1/14/10)

Eurocare Newsletter December 09 – January 10 20. Januar 2010

Eurocare has issued its Newsletter with international news on alcohol policies and politics.

British Government too close to drink industry 20. Januar 2010

In a report published on 8 January 2010, the Health Committee of the UK Parliament warns that the drinks industry and supermarkets hold more power over government alcohol policies than expert health professionals.

English MPs’ report calls for radical overhaul of alcohol policy.

It says the drinks industry is dependent on hazardous and harmful drinkers for three-quarters of its sales and if people drank responsibly, alcohol sales would plummet by 40%. … Three times as much alcohol per head is drunk as in the mid 20th century, 30-40,000 deaths every year could be alcohol related and liver disease rates are soaring. The total cost of alcohol to society has been put at £55bn. (Source: Eurocare Newsletter December 09-January 10)

Discriminatory taxation of distilled spirits in the Philippines 20. Januar 2010

The European Union, being the Philippines’ 4th largest trading partner, has requested the establishment of a WTO panel on the Philippines’ excise tax regime on distilled spirits. The European Union considers that this regime discriminates against imported spirits and is thereby in clear breach of international trade rules. … This has had a significant impact on exports of EU spirits to the Philippine market. More specifically, it is estimated that, from 2004 to 2007, EU exports of spirits to the Philippines have more than halved (from around €37 million to €18 million). (Source: Eurocare Newsletter December 09-January 10) Comment: WTO protects the industry instead of the people. Let’s hope the consumption went down.

EU: Hearing of John Dalli – Commissioner Designate for Health and Consumer Policy 20. Januar 2010

14 January 2010. Mr. John Dalli, designate EU Commissioner for Health was heard yesterday by the Members of the European Parliament. To watch the hearing click here. In his opening address he promised to put patients and consumers first and to be independent and objective. … (Source: Eurocare Newsletter December 09-January 10) Comment: This report looks much better than the one on January 15.

Mass. Law Barring Wine Shipments Ruled Unconstitutional 20. Januar 2010

Massachusetts consumers may soon be able to order wine online and have it shipped directly from out-of-state wineries after the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals threw out the state’s latest attempt to control such shipments. …(Source: Join Together, 1/19/10)

WHO: Executive Board at its 126th session opening 19. Januar 2010

Progress in public health and major challenges ahead. 18 January 2010 — In her opening speech to the Executive Board at its 126th session, Dr Chan, WHO’s Director-General, noted that many health problems today are transnational, such as the harmful use of alcohol and the marketing of unhealthy foods to children.

Read the Director-General’s speech Comment: The agenda item 4.10 Strategies to reduce the harmful use of alcohol is scheduled for discussion on Wednesday. The document is available here: http://apps.who.int/gb/e/e_eb126.html (Doc EB126/13)

California Lawmakers Kill Fee Bill by Not Voting 15. Januar 2010

California Assembly Bill 1019, the Alcohol-Related Services Act, would have imposed the equivalent of a 10-cent fee on every alcoholic drink served in California and raise $1.44 billion per year to help offset the billions in public money lost to alcohol-related harm. Would have. AB 1019 died the first week of 2010 without making it out of its first committee. The bill needed 10 yes votes from the 19 members of the Assembly Health Committee to keep it alive. It only received 5. (Source: Marin Institute, 1/11/10)

U.K.: Tory Plans for New Alcohol Politics 15. Januar 2010

Alcohol Content Labels Will Replace ‘Misunderstood’ Units System Under Tory Plans.

“Labels detailing the precise alcoholic content of drinks will replace the ‘misunderstood units’ system under Conservative plans to warn the public about the dangers of excessive consumption. Unveiling the party’s public health agenda, Andrew Lansley, the shadow health secretary, highlighted the importance of ‘harnessing the power of social norms’ to combat obesity, teenage pregnancy, drug abuse and binge drinking. … (Source: The Guardian, London, Online, January 13, 2010) Comment: A labour government cannot stand against the alcohol industry, why a conservative government could do it better?

Lamy (WTO) calls for mindset change to align trade and human rights 15. Januar 2010

The trade and human rights communities distrust each other, but “human rights and trade rules, including WTO rules, are based on the same values: individual freedom and responsibility, non-discrimination, rule of law, and welfare through peaceful cooperation among individuals,” Director-General Pascal Lamy told a colloquium on human rights in the global economy, in Geneva, on 13 January 2010…. (Source: WTO NEWS: SPEECHES, 1/13/10)

European Alcohol and Health Forum 14. Januar 2010

First Monitoring Progress Report All available translations. Released: 13 January 2010 Comment: It’s interesting to see how many preventive activities came from the alcohol industry and to see that just nothing has changed to the better. To the contrary.

Palin to address alcohol industry event in Las Vegas 14. Januar 2010

Washington (CNN) – Las Vegas and alcohol probably aren’t the first two things that come to mind at the mention of Sarah Palin, but the former vice presidential candidate is about to change that. At least that’s according to Craig Wolf, the president and CEO of the Wine and Liquor Wholesalers of America, who announced Tuesday that Palin will keynote the group’s annual convention and expo in Las Vegas in early April. (Source: Google Alkohol Alert, 1/13/10) politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com, 1/12/10 With some nice comments online.

Swiss Private Banking Firm informs on WHO Alcohol Strategy 14. Januar 2010

A Swiss private banking firm publishes a report on the newly proposed WHO-strategy on alcohol:

Price rises are key to tackling alcohol abuse-WHO

* WHO issues draft global plan to tackle harmful alcohol use

* Executive board to examine strategy next week

* Harmful use of alcohol blamed for 2.5 mln deaths a year

Binge drinking and other growing forms of harmful use of alcohol should be tackled through higher taxes on alcoholic drinks and tighter marketing regulations, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has recommended. (Source: Google Alkohol Alert, 1/13/10) claridenleu.com, 1/12/10 Comment: Perhaps this information may convince some shareholders of the alcohol industry to sell their shares as it is not acceptable to earn money at the cost of public health and our youth.

THE GLOBE 3/2009 issued 8. Januar 2010

On the cover of this issue: Global Alcohol Strategy on the right track

Also in this issue:

* Draft global strategy to reduce harmful use of alcohol – Summary of Report

* Swedish Presidency – Major Alcohol Conference in Stockholm

* EU Alcohol Strategy makes a promising start

* GAPA Board meets in Sweden

* European Economic and Social Committee calls for statutory controls on alcohol marketing Self-regulation ‘not enough’, etc. All articles online

U.K.: Backlash Over Plan to Extend TV Advertising 8. Januar 2010

“Ministers are facing fierce opposition from medical groups, teaching unions and children’s charities over plans to allow products to be used in television programmes for marketing purposes for the first time. Critics claim the move, which broadcasters say will give them up to £140m a year in extra revenue, will fuel childhood obesity, exacerbate the problems caused by alcohol and gambling, and distort storylines by rewarding programme makers for deliberately giving certain items high visibility. The British Medical Association has written to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) strongly opposing the plan….(Source: Harvard World Health News, 1/7/10) The Guardian, London, Online, 1/3/10 Comment: They just try before the EU brings its contrary recommendations. Switzerland has decided last year this way, why Britain should not?

European Alcohol and Health Forum: Fifth plenary meeting 5. Januar 2010

Agenda, presentations and Summary Report, released 12/23/09

EU: Parliamentary hearing of Commissioner-Designate Dalli 4. Januar 2010

The parliamentary hearing of the Commissioner-Designate for Health and Consumer Policy, John Dalli, is to take place on 14 January at 13.00hrs under the lead of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, with MEPs from the Internal Market and Consumer Protection and Agriculture and Rural Development Committees also attending.

…For further information, please see: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/

RESEARCH

New Study in California Shows Disparities in Alcohol Harm 28. Januar 2010

In a new published study on alcohol harm in California, Marin Institute researchers found that Hispanics are more likely to die in alcohol-related homicides than non-Hispanics. Also, while Blacks and Whites experience similar numbers of traffic fatalities, the alcohol-related homicide rate for Blacks was five times higher than for Whites. This is disturbing because it’s similar to data from 20 years ago, indicating that not much progress has been made in reducing racial disparities from alcohol harm. (Source: Marin Institute, 1/22/10)

Research team finds stress hormone key to alcohol dependence 26. Januar 2010

A team of scientists from The Scripps Research Institute has found that a specific stress hormone, the corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF), is key to the development and maintenance of alcohol dependence in animal models. Chemically blocking the stress factor also blocked the signs and symptoms of addiction, suggesting a potentially promising area for future drug development. (Source: Google Alkohol Alert, 1/26/10) innovations-report.de, 1/26/10 // (Source: Medical News Today, 1/26/10)

Kids with Addiction Issues More Likely to Play ‘Choking Game’ 26. Januar 2010

Six percent of 8th-graders surveyed in Oregon said they had taken part in a dangerous game where kids choke each other to produce a sense of euphoria, and researchers said that adolescents with addiction or mental-health problems are among those most likely to play. The “choking game,” sometimes called Pass-Out, Space Monkey, Flatliner, or Blackout, produces its desired effect by starving the brain of oxygen. The study found that it was especially popular in rural areas. (Source: Join Together, 1/22/10)

US-Study: Many Adolescent Girls Involved in Violence 22. Januar 2010

More than one in four girls ages 12-17 was involved in fighting within the past year, according to new survey data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

HealthDay News reported Jan. 15 that a SAMHSA survey of more than 33,000 adolescents found that 19 percent of the girls surveyed reported involvement in a serious fight at school or work, 14 percent took part in group fights, and about 6 percent said they attacked someone else intending to cause serious injury.

Girls who avoided alcohol or other drug use, got good grades and came from higher-income families were at the least risk of involvement in violence, researchers found. (Source: Join Together, 1/21/10)

Documents Reveal The Truth About Alcohol Advertising, UK 22. Januar 2010

Although the content of alcohol advertisements in the UK is restricted, an analysis of previously unseen industry documents published on bmj.com today, finds that advertisers are still managing to appeal to young people and promote drinking. Professor Gerard Hastings and colleagues show that companies are “pushing the boundaries” of the advertising code of practice and warn that the UK system of self regulatory controls for alcohol advertising is failing. (Source: Medical News Today, 1/21/10)

Rice Responsible For Asians’ Alcohol Flush Reaction 21. Januar 2010

The mutation responsible for the alcohol flush reaction, an unpleasant response to alcohol that is relatively common in people of Asian descent, may have occurred following the domestication of rice. Researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Evolutionary Biology traced the history of the version of the gene responsible, finding that the ADH1B*47His allele appeared around the same time that rice was first cultivated in southern China. (Source: Medical News Today, 1/20/10) Comment: Now we are waiting for our mutation. It would save a lot of problems.

Alcohol and HIV 20. Januar 2010

This booklet has been produced by the International Institute of the IOGT-NTO movement in Sweden. The report analyses the the role of alcohol in the AIDS epidemic in the hope that a better understanding of the impact alcohol will lead to more effective strategies. Click here to download the report (Source: Eurocare Newsletter December 09/January 10) The booklet can be ordered through jenny.gustafsson@iogt.se at a charge for postal fee for more than 5 copies.

Mildly Drunk, with No Hangover by Alcohol Substitute 20. Januar 2010

Recently fired U.K. drug czar David Nutt and colleagues have developed a synthetic drink that they hope will someday replace alcohol, the Daily Mail reported Jan. 6. Using chemicals related to those found in Valium, researchers at Imperial College, London created a colorless, tasteless liquid that reportedly produces mild intoxication, but won’t get users drunk regardless of how much they drink. Nutt said the substance could replace the alcohol in beer, wine and liquor and help reduce alcohol-related deaths. Researchers also are working on an antidote for the substance that users could take to “sober up” at will. (Source: Join Together, 1/19/10)

Swtich To Lower Alcohol Wine And Reduce Cancer Risk 19. Januar 2010

A cancer charity said on Monday that if people in the UK who regularly drank a large glass of wine a day were to switch to a lower alcohol alternative they could reduce their risk of bowel cancer by seven per cent. … (Source: Medical News Today, 1/18/10)

Words Used To Describe Substance-Use Patients Can Alter Attitudes 15. Januar 2010

Words Used To Describe Substance-Use Patients Can Alter Attitudes, Contribute To Stigma

Changing the words used to describe someone struggling with alcoholism or drug addiction may significantly alter the attitudes of health care professionals, even those who specialize in addiction treatment. … (Source: Medical News Today, 1/14/10)

Technology New Gateway Into Treatment For Problem Alcohol Use 8. Januar 2010

A recent evaluation by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) shows that online interventions for problem alcohol use can be effective in changing drinking behaviours and offers a significant public health benefit. (Source: Medical News Today, 1/7/10)

New Mexico Report Shows Toll of Alcohol Abuse 7. Januar 2010

FACE’s Fresh Story blog highlights a new report from the New Mexico Department of Public Health that quantifies the human and ecomonic costs of alcohol abuse in the state. The report also prompted an insightful newspaper commentary observing that 85 percent of all alcohol deaths in the state are caused by something other than impaired driving. (Source: Join Together, 1/6/10) freshstory.org, 12/29/09

UK: NHS Alcohol Costs Causing A Hospital Hangover 7. Januar 2010

A massive rise in the numbers of people drinking heavily and the cost of treating them is creating an unsustainable burden on NHS hospitals but more could be done to ease existing pressures, says an NHS Confederation report published recently. Too Much of the hard stuff: What alcohol costs the NHS, from the NHS Confederation and the Royal College of Physicians shows that the cost to the NHS of excess drinking has doubled in just five years, with most of the cost being spent on hospital and ambulance services. (Source: Medical News Today, 1/6/10)

UK: The trouble with recommended standard drinks 3. Januar 2010

Average UK Drinker Thinks A Unit Of Wine Is Twice What It Actually Is
People drinking spirits at home in England are giving themselves more than double (128% extra) what they would get in a pub if they ordered a single shot according to new figures revealed today by the Know Your Limits campaign. … (Source: Medical News Today, 1/2/10) Comment: It is worrying even more because in other countries only one or two glasses for women or men are recommended. One reason is the drink industry which always produces bigger glasses to make it difficult to find the correct measure.

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